Field Camp Faculty since 2015
Tom Darrah and his team are focused on three primary areas of research: 1-determining the geological processes that control the migration of fluids (e.g., water, natural gas, oil, carbon dioxide, helium) in the Earth’s crust and mantle; 2- developing geochemical techniques that constrain and improve unconventional energy exploration and extraction; 3- applying traditional isotope geochemistry to evaluate the potential impacts of energy extraction on the environment and human health. At The Ohio State University, he is establishing the Water, Energy, and Life Laboratory (WELL) in the School of Earth Sciences. This facility includes a state of the art noble gas isotope ratio mass spectrometer, gas chromatographs, and cryogenic laser ablation ICP-MS instrumentation.
Field Camp Faculty since 2018
Ashley Griffith’s research focuses on structural geology and geomechanics, with an emphasis on the behavior of fractures in the earth’s crust. Fractures influence our daily lives more than most people care to realize. Fractures in rock dominate subsurface fluid flow, control earthquake hazards, and exert a huge influence on ground control problems in mining and civil engineering applications. Dr. Griffith’s particular research interests vary from the physics of earthquake rupture to crustal deformation in active margins to fracturing of reservoir rocks, but the underlying theme of our work involves collecting structural data in the field and studying that data in the context of physics-based models to learn about the processes that govern the formation, growth, and mechanical behavior of fractures in the earth’s crust.
Field Camp Faculty since 2001
Shelley Judge research interests include the tectonic evolution of the Sevier and Laramide orogenies of the western U.S. and superimposed pre-Basin and Range extension, with special emphasis on these geologic events in Utah.
Field Camp Faculty since 2012
Cristina Millan conducted research in structural geology with a particular focus in deformation structures in sedimentary basins and their relationships to diagenesis and the physical and mechanical properties of sediments. Dr Millan’s research links mineralized fractures, stress fields, fluid fluxes and tectonic deformation, and aims to understand how lithification, compaction, cementation and fluid flow processes are related to rifting processes.
Dr. Terry Wilson
Field Camp Faculty since 1987
Terry Wilson and her research group investigate the structural architecture of the Earth, how continents rift, and the interaction of the solid Earth and ice sheets in Antarctica, using structural field observations, geophysical data and GPS. Current projects funded by NSF in Antarctica are investigating neotectonic rifting; the relations between fluid flow and faulting during rift and subglacial deformation; ice mass balance, ice load history and glacial rebound patterns; and the contemporary crustal stress field in Antarctica. Research studies integrate marine and airborne geophysical data, satellite remote sensing, GPS measurements, structural and microstructural mapping of faults in outcrop and sedimentary rock cores, and core and borehole mapping of drilling-induced fractures.